Take It Away Dance is a homegrown Philadelphia percussive dance and music collective that presents innovative choreography, performance projects and educational events.
Since 2007, TIAD has presented the most innovative percussive dance and music projects in Philadelphia. It is fueled by the power of collaboration and presents current interpretations of tap dance, live music and interdisciplinary forms.
Take It Away was founded by Pamela Hetherington, a Philadelphia native who grew up learning from, and then performing with, master Philly tap dancers Delphine Mantz, Leon Evans, Rita Rue, LaVaughn Robinson and Robert F. Burden, Jr. Pam started producing her first grassroots showcases, tap jams and master classes as a way to reclaim Philadelphia’s place as the central capital of tap dance in the world.
Over the years, the word spread and the programs took shape as platforms for new choreography and dynamic musical collaborations. Take It Away’s core yearly productions include Philly Tap Teaser, a bi-yearly Philadelphia celebration of tap dance and jazz music, the Class and Conversation Series, which has brought major tap choreographers to Philadelphia for master classes and lectures, and Cross-Rhythms, an interdisciplinary evening concert which showcases the freshest interpretations of tap dance and live music.
Take It Away is also committed to the reclamation and restaging of choreography by female tap choreographers from around the world. Past project-based initiatives have restaged and celebrated the work of Heather Cornell (Manhattan Tap) and Dorothy Wasserman (Tap, The Movie). Take It Away is a grant recipient from Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Barra Foundation and Small But Mighty Arts.